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Under 30 Minutes

Tortellini with Lemon and Brussels Sprouts

For meat lovers, omit the butter and cook 4 slices bacon in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels, then saute brussels sprouts in the rendered fat. Top pasta with crumbled bacon.

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  • Servings: 4
Tortellini with Lemon and Brussels Sprouts

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Everyday Food, December 2012


  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound frozen cheese tortellini
  • Zest and juice from 1 lemon


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook brussels sprouts until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt butter over medium; add onion and cook until translucent, about 8 minutes.

  2. With a large slotted spoon, transfer sprouts to skillet. Increase heat to high and cook, stirring occasionally, until sprouts begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in pot, cook tortellini according to package instructions, then drain. Toss tortellini with vegetables and divide among bowls. Top with lemon zest and juice.

Cook's Note

With tortellini in the freezer, you always have the base of a great dinner. Try them with your favorite sauce or add to soup.

Reviews (7)

  • dlbober 21 Dec, 2013

    I do make almost all of your recipes. They always come out delicious! I will try the recipe exactly the first time and sometimes substitute the next once I am more confident. Thanks for teaching me how to cook healthy and easy meals for my family. Keep the videos coming!

  • TEdersheim 11 Dec, 2013

    Today you asked if we make you recipies or just watch . This is the answer. I make whatever you make, unless it is chiken thighs which my husband wont eat I love what you make, I think you are a hoot and have radically changed how we eat! I tried to get tickets to see you in NYC but by the time I got my act together you were sold out. I am sad when you make cookies because I have to think of wh iat to make for dinner. I keep all your recipies in my ziplist file for the past yr. Thanks TGE

  • LorettaReichardt 11 Dec, 2013

    I have made a number of your recipes and have enjoyed them all. You are so delightful to watch Sarah, and I would give anything to meet you in person. I will be 81 on December 31st, and you are by far my favorite person to watch on my computer. You are as cute as a bugs ear.. Have a great holiday time and all the best in 2014. I live in Canada where right now it is very cold. This is usually what we get in January. You really should have a show on TV. You are the greatest. Loretta.

  • sunnyrl 10 Dec, 2013

    For a beginner in learning to eat brussel sprouts, this is very good, but the one with bacon is awesome.

    Thank you for listening and adding the print icon to the recipes. You are such a delight to watch each day; plus such delicious & uncomplicated recipes especially now that I can print them and take into my kitchen. Your honesty is refreshing. See you tomorrow.

  • Ivy Valory 10 Dec, 2013

    I DO make your recipes because they are amazingly doable, but I gotta say, I watch your videos because you are just an adorable little character! You go, girl!

  • nancyshaw 10 Dec, 2013

    My husband loves brussels sprouts so I am going to try this. But what about adding garlic here - for me the obvious omission when it comes to pasta.

  • Marizzle Dickinson 10 Dec, 2013

    I haven't made this, but I love that brussel sprouts are in it. I love your recipes Sarah! I even make them too:) I don't cook a bunch, but I make yours often when I do because they are straightforward and heavy on the veg. Thank you for a video everyday! I look forward to them every morning... almost as much as my cappuccino!

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